During a pivot or pinwheel, look down the line toward the center of the pivot. Check your alignment and adjust your speed to make the line straight between you and the pivoting point.
Limp arms and loose elbows give no support to your neighbors. They cause your lines, blocks, circles and wheels to collapse, buckle and/or lose their shape. One easy way to build up arm strength is to keep your arms at shoulder level during all stroking exercises.
DO NOT STOP
If someone falls or drops out of a routine, even during practice, don't stop. You will not have the opportunity to stop during competition, so practice coping with accidents even in practice. Keep the routine going until the coach tells you to stop.
A routine should flow from one formation to another, with no stops or pauses while skaters "wait for the music" to begin the next maneuver. It is important to get to formations at exactly the right moment so that you will be stable enough to begin the next move but also so you will not look as if you had to "wait.?
Always hold your head up and look at the top of the stands. If you look down, or straight out at eye level, the audience and judges will see only the top of your head. Practice this every time.
A synch routine is a performance, not an exam so have fun! Make every move big because the judges and audience are a long way away. Concentrating on the fun and projecting the performance will make the steps easier and it will help get the audience and judges "into" the routine.
Every move needs to be automatic. The only way to make this happen is to practice. Practice on your own by listening to the music and doing the steps, on ice alone and with peers.
GRAB IN FRONT
When joining lines with someone in front and back, you are responsible for looking to the person in front and grabbing their hand as well as putting your hand out in back for someone to grab. HAVE FAITH the person behind you will grab without your watching.
Schedules can change, skaters can get injured, etc. but the best thing teams can do to navigate troubled times is be prepared for anything and everything. Stock up on extra hair nets, tights and supplies before competitions, practice run-throughs with or without all team members present, and start packing ahead of time so no things are left behind and forgotten.
KNOW THE COUNTS
You can't rely on watching other skaters to let you know when to do things, or what to do. You must know for yourself how many of what is done and in what order. If you wait for a hint from other skaters, you will do the steps late. Listen to your music and practice so you know the timing and counts.